Rally for Public Education on May 20

Greetings,
 
Since Donald Trump was elected we have been standing up for women, for immigrants, for science and for so much more. Now it is time to stand up for public schools and public higher education!
 
The MTA is an important part of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance's Rally for Public Education on Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Boston Common. We hope to swell the crowd shortly after 3 p.m., when delegates from MTA's Annual Meeting march from the Hynes Convention Center to the Common.
 
Please promote the rally by word of mouth and through social media. There are social media materials posted on the MEJA website and here on the MTA website. Come join educators, students, parents and others in saying:
 
#RESIST the attempts by DeVos, Trump, Peyser and Baker to privatize our public schools and undermine our communities.
 
#INVEST in public education, preK through higher education.
 
#ENVISION and fight for the Schools Our Communities Deserve.
 
Stand up for public higher education.
 
And here's a new issue of serious concern: Say NO to silencing educators.
 
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is proposing regulatory changes that would give the commissioner the power to revoke an educator's license if, in the commissioner's opinion , that educator has engaged in behavior that discredits the profession.
 
This authoritarian proposal is an attempt to silence the very people who worked so hard, whose voices mattered so much, to our victory on Question 2.

We must say NO to these proposals and YES to professional autonomy, respect and collective power.
 
Talk to your local president if you think enough people from your local would be able to come to the rally if the MTA paid for a bus - or just get there on your own. Go here to let us know you'll be coming.
 
Meanwhile, working people and immigrants are linking arms across the Commonwealth on Monday - May Day. Join one of these actions. Wear your union colors. And show the solidarity that we will be asking for on May 20.
 
In solidarity,
 
Barbara